Spinning Clinic with Norman Kennedy
North House is honored to welcome master spinner and weaver Norman Kennedy as the featured instructor during Unplugged XI. In this intensive two-day workshop, suitable for those who have experience spinning but would like to expand their knowledge, Norman will cover the finer points of hand-spinning, using treadle wheels and spindles with cotton and wool fiber. Awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 2003 for his work in preserving and teaching the techniques and knowledge of traditional textile production from his native Scotland, Norman is a “keeper of the old ways.” He will discuss the history of spinning, and explore the rich tradition of ballad singing tightly linked to fiber craft. Join a master craftsman and teacher for a rare visit to the Midwest, and stay all weekend to celebrate the potent connection of craft and music during the Unplugged XI music festival. Materials fee includes a cotton fiber spinning kit and all fiber needed. Students should bring their own wheels.